Tighnabruaich is on the Cowal Peninsular. There are two main ways of arriving by road, either down the peninsular from Cairndow, or from Dunoon which is accessible by ferry from Gourock, which is in turn accessible by road (or train from Glasgow / Paisley). There is an irregular bus service from Dunoon, the 478 which, unfortunately, does not run on Sundays. Taxis are available from the village (Tam’s Taxi 077804 78622) or Dunoon (various). We can put you in touch with others arriving for the same cruise for transport sharing.
If arriving by car it is recommended to stop on the ‘high’ or ‘new’ road (the A 8003 road into Tighnabruaich from the Glendaruel to Colintraive road) at two view points, the first being an obvious lay by / view point just as the view down the East Kyle appears. The Second is less obvious and is a lay by on the right just after passing the TV / Telephone mast about a mile after the first view point. From here there is a signposted walk up a short rocky path to another view point down the West Kyle.
If coming from Cairndow / the Rest and Be Thankful road, there are two options after Strachur: The recommended one is staying on the A 886 until after Clachan of Glendaruel and taking the A 8003 ‘New’ road. This is the road with the view points. An alternative road the B8000 turns right off the A886 a mile or two after Strachur and follows the coast down Loch Fyne, it’s a pretty road but all single track and a lot slower than the A 886, it also misses out the views on the way into the village. It’s not good for passengers prone to car sickness.
If new to Scotland and single track roads please be aware that if a car is behind you it is expected that you will pull over into a passing place to allow him to overtake. Locals tend to drive faster than tourists as they know the roads well and are less likely to be gasping at the fantastic views.
On arriving in the village turn left and drive along the seafront. You will go past a parade of shops followed by the lifeboat station and a floating pontoon. Carry on and after a few hundred yards the Tighnabruaich Pier will be on your right with some parking spaces. Yemaya will be on the pier by 1500.
(Occasionally the Waverley makes a stop at the pier on a Sunday, if this may interfere with joining alternative arrangements will be made - you will probably join by RIB, also from the pier we will let you know should this be likely.)
There is a golf course in the village with Clubs available in the clubhouse if you arrive early and want a game / walk. It is at the Kames end of the village, stay on the main road with the sea on your left, after passing the shinty pitch carry on up, the road bends around to the right and once out of the village a sign takes you off the road to your left before the very top of the hill. Spectacular views. There’s a mens competition on Sunday mornings but from 1330 it’s open to all and if you turn up a little earlier it’s often fine if you’re diplomatic.
Covid. Segregation aboard is not possible or appropriate. Masks may be worn if wished and hand steriliser is provided. The Boat is deep cleaned in between charters.
If you’ve booked into the aft cabin; linen and duvets are provided. For other berths please bring a sleeping bag.
Pillows and pillow cases are provided for 6 persons.
Please bring your own towel.
Warm clothes are recommended and light walking style waterproofs. It’s often cooler on the water than ashore, we recommend good woollen jerseys as being warmer in a breeze. Heavy Sailing style waterproofs are not recommended for ordinary inclusive sailing holidays, they may be appropriate if you're taking a more full on sailing holiday. Soft shoes for wear on the boat are needed, trainers / sandals are fine. Welly boots or walking boots are essential unless you are not wanting to go on any walks / expeditions. Wellies are more practical for getting in and out of the RIB on Beaches although it’s, mostly, possible to get ashore without getting ones feet wet. Hats and binoculars may be worthwhile additions.
Please don’t bring hard suit or trolley cases, these are very difficult to stow once emptied.
Some golf clubs have clubs that can be borrowed / rented. If you wish to bring your own please only bring clubs and a bag. Trolleys, carts and so on are not possible to stow aboard. If several of you come together consider sharing clubs. One set of clubs is carried aboard and this is sufficient for most purposes.